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‘Seoul Searching’ Director: ‘This Country is Half Made Up of Minorities, But Cinema Doesn’t Reflect That’

zergsprincess:

A movie any gyopo can relate to.

Originally posted on Variety:


Warning: Do Not Learn Korean This Way

When learning a language, it is very easy to struggle or become demotivated because of the way that you are studying.

Think back to when you learned a language in high school. Many people can’t remember much of the languages they learned at school despite spending many hours studying them. And as a result, they believe that they are naturally bad at languages.

The good news is that usually that’s not true, and now you have a second chance. If you make use of better techniques you will find that language learning can be surpingly fun, simple, and effective!

Don’t


Living in Korea: 10 Korean Apps You Need

When you are in Korea, you can download various Korean apps onto your smartphone in order to make your life simpler and easier. Here are ten of the most useful applications for life in Korea.

KakaoTalk

If you don’t have KakaoTalk on your phone then you might as well not even have a phone. This Korean app is so widespread that even your sixty-year-old boss will send you messages over KakaoTalk rather than regular texts.


2. Aco-Coffee, Gimhae, Gyongsangnamdo


1. Cafe Sweet Coax, Gimhae, Gyongsangnamdo

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Cafe Sweet Coax, Gimhae


Mean Girls

How do you teach mean girls?

Today, my evening class contained arrogant, catty, and peevish young women.

These kids are fourteen, so I felt like I could talk to them as if they were young adults. WRONG. I allowed them to sit wherever they wanted at first, and I let them to snack. Those two minor allowances turned them WILD! They weren’t listening to me AT ALL, and were virtually ignoring everything but their own conversations. When I tried to split them up, they obstinately refused. They refuse to engage with anyone they consider uncool or ugly. How infuriating. So I called in the branch manager. He yelled at them, and I morphed into a cold, angry dictator for the rest of the lesson.


MERScation Continues: Sunday on Daecheon Beach

As I mentioned in the previous post, the MERS scare has caused a beautiful rarity for us teachers in Cheonan: SCHOOL HAS BEEN CANCELED! Most of us are experiencing a glorious four to five day weekend.

In celebration of this vacation, I went to Daecheon Beach with a group of twelve foreign teachers and one native Korean. Daecheon Beach is about an hour away from Cheonan via Korail. Korail is basically like America’s Amtrak, but with nicer, velvety seats. I spent the short trip gazing out the window at rice paddies, which was a relaxing and fun activity in and of itself.

Once we got to Daecheon, a new friend introduced me to the best goddamn food on the planet: dakgangjeong. Dakgangjeong is wonderful chicken with a peanutty flavor. 

 


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helloHello!  If there’s something exciting going on in your area, let us know !  Because we are based in Los Angeles, we stay up to date on many Korean-American events, issues, etc.  But what about your community in your town ?

Are there cultural events, clubs, organizations that promotes the Korean or better yet the Kyopo community?  If so, we want to get the information out to a larger audience.  Drop us a line and we’ll make sure to spread the word.

Also, if you have a great piece of writing or just want to make yourself known to the kyopo community, send us an email and we’ll post it on our blog !

Thanks,

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Will You Hate Teaching English in Korea?

You haven’t been out of America before? Never left your small town or even the safe confines of your parent’s home? Take it from me, someone with 4 years in the game, you’re probably going to hate teaching English in Korea. Let me explain why.

If you don’t like the idea of personal growth, my advice? Stay home.

Busan Tower 12.31.12When you spend long stretches of time in another culture, or if you move to a different place in your own country, there are phases you’ll go through as you adjust to the new environment.


Win 500,000 Won in The Great Seoul Treasure Hunt

Wouldn’t it be great if someone would pay you to go sightseeing, study Korean, and learn more about Korean culture?

Now that’s the dream! 

Well thanks to our friends at Stompy Ruffers Cultural Fusion and their Great Seoul Treasure Hunt, this is now possible.

That’s right. Stompy Ruffers Cultural Fusion is at it again, doing what they do best: “fusing” Korean and American culture into one amazingly fun event where you have the chance to win 500,000 won!

They’ve even teamed up with Hyunwoo from Talk to Me in Korean, and now simply everyone is talking about the “Lost Keys of Namsan.”


Booze Frog (술 개구리)

Name: Booze Frog (술 개구리)

Location: Hapjeong / Sangsu


Olsoo (얼쑤)

Name: Olsoo (얼쑤) Location: Hongdae Reviewed by: Mamas and Papas on January 10th 2015 Thoughts: Right in the middle of Hongdae: the thriving, bustling beating heart of Seoul’s nightlife, where students, tourists, party […]

Seoul City Wall VIP Tour with Mayor Park

Mayor Park shows the different styles of stonework that are along Seoul's City Wall
Mayor Park shows the different styles of stonework that are along Seoul’s City Wall

If you’ve been reading my blog there’s no need to remind you of how in love with Seoul I am! I feel really lucky to have experienced so many aspects of the city and Korea in general. With all the great things Seoul has to offer it is really difficult to pick a favorite, but I must admit I do have one, and it’s Seoul’s City Wall.


My first 24 hours in South Korea

Can I tell you something? I don’t actually like airplanes. Twenty-six hours total in flight. Nightmares, people. NIGHTMARES.

Things got better after the flights (there were three). Since I’ve already been to Seoul, I felt a sense of familiarity at Incheon International Airport, and on the subways.  It was weird after all those hours traveling to feel such a strong sense of returning.

I chose to stay at Dustin Guesthouse, a place I visited during my first trip to Korea. The first people I met were some Southern army boys boasting loudly about their affection for guns. Weird to travel halfway around the world to hear that conversation.


Registration For May 23rd Meeting Open!!

Well Mamas & Papas, we have been doing this meeting thing for about three years now.  And that’s a lot of bars!  So whenever there is something new on the scene, we jump on it so others can explore.  Well there is  relatively new bar that has been receiving quite a bit of buzz lately that we couldn’t wait another second to try it out!


What would you do?


Backcountry Camping in North Carolina

I’m leaving for South Korea tonight! Finally! Wish I were more well rested. My dad was super excited to get breakfast with me this morning and woke me up at 7:30AM!

Last week, I said goodbye to the Great American Wilderness with a backcountry camping trip in the Great Smoky Mountains with said dad.

The art of backpacking isn’t hard to master. If you’ve never gone backcountry camping before, I strongly encourage you to do so at your earliest possible convenience. I feel like there are two people in the world: Those that backpack and those that do not. Why the polarity, betches? Backpacking is easy. You need to invest the money in a solid set of gear (see below) but once that’s over with, you have many cheap vacations ahead of you. It’s not just for outdoor nuts…it’s for anyone who wants to explore what it means to be human.


Occidental Hero, or, How I Screwed Up and Inspired the Development of a Global City

John Bocskay:

Here’s my latest piece over at SweetPicklesandCorn.wordpress.com. Sometimes heroes are neither made nor born; they’re fabricated.

Enjoy!

Originally posted on SWEET PICKLES & CORN:


Grab the last chance to feel the the vibe of “My Love from the Star”

Remember last winter when Do Min Jun and Chun Song Yi were fighting for their love despite the obstacles? One thing that was also on the spotlight was their huge and almost extravagant fancy looking houses. And surprisingly they were all on set, designed to best show the two protagonists’ daily lives.

Luckily enough, you can see it for yourself how Chun Song Yi and Do Min Jun lived. From Do Min Jun’s library to Chun Song Yi’s bedroom, now you can become the protagonist of the big hit drama.

We first went to Do Min Jun’s house.


5 To Do’s When Waiting To Move Abroad

Moving abroad soon, are you? Just finished up college? Grad school? Or just quit your day job? And now you’ve got some time to spare before the big trip?

You’re lucky, they say.  You’ve got time to relax, they say…

Perhaps you’re one of those people that relishes long stretches of free time. Good for you!  That’s fantas! But, if you’re anything like me free time is your nemesis. When I have nothing to do, my mind implodes and I start questioning everything in my life.

 

…EXPECTATION

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…REALITY!


Satoori: How to Speak Korean Like a Local

All Korean text books teach students how to speak standard Korean, which is the dialect found in Seoul. However, Korea is a mountainous country that until very recently was difficult to travel around. As a result, each region has strong regional dialects, called ‘satoori’ in Korean. The best way to learn satoori is from a native of that province as satoori is generally spoken rather than written. This can make it hard to learn from written sources as it will be written phonetically whilst regular Korean (despite what many people think) is not written perfectly phonetically. This makes it more difficult to make the connections between sounds in satoori and regular Korean through reading alone.


Women: It’s about the Super Ego stupid

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First off, this is for women who are looking for a relationship or some steady companionship. Not for those at play…to you I say: game on. Also, it goes both ways, albeit with nuances. Lastly, this is NOT limited to Heterosexuals.


Dexcited (depressedexcited) to move to South Korea

I’ve been planning my move to South Korea for over a year (thanks to one of my close friends making the move look so appealing! :) ), and now I have only twenty days to departure time.

Historically, I’ve enjoyed uprooting my life. My taxes for 2014 are proof of that.

I came back to North Carolina with the intention of only staying for four short months.

But then, when I was working as a barista at the local French bakery, I met an incredible guy and deferred my trip till May so I could continue to explore this new human creature, as opposed to exploring new continents.

I also spent my time going back to school at NC State for a couple grad courses in English. I’m actually sitting in the 9th floor of the library right now, procrastiposting.


Korean Slang: The Good, The Bad, & The Strange

If you want to talk like a native, then you are going to need to learn some Korean slang. Of course, there is so much slang in any language that it is almost impossible to keep pace with it, and it certainly isn’t possible to write an article containing every piece of slang ever, especially when some slang is only used on a particular television show or by a small group of people.

Instead, this article aims to teach you the most common and useful Korean slang, the stuff that you need to know. It will teach you the good, the bad, and the weird, which incidentally the name of a Korean movie that will teach you the first slang word of the article. ‘The Good, The Bad, The Strange’ is a Korean ‘western’ (no prizes for guessing which western film the title is based on) starring Lee Byeong Hun (이병헌) of G.I. Joe fame.


SNOB! (or Discriminate?)

First, a myth to bust: being judgmental or discriminate does not equate with being snobbish. Snobs “turn their nose up” at you based on material superficialities and perceived behavioral nuances that pose no real threat other than cramping their stuffy ass stylings. A snob for instance may dismiss your relevance based on your attire, wheels, word choice, hair do or lack thereof, education level, job, i.e., things that have little to no reflection of your character. In fact, snobs typically befriend pieces of shit, much like themselves, due to their material acquisitions/titles/abilities that perhaps have more to do with their character. My cousin was (perhaps still is) a snob and his best friend in the day was a BMW driving cocaine dealer who loved nothing more than to letch on anyone and their girlfriend (but did perform magic tricks for his more advantageous female customers, hence his shitty little moniker “Magic Dave”).


A How-To Guide for Korean Texting

Have you noticed that your speaking, listening, reading, and writing are all getting better, and then suddenly in a text from a Korean friend you understand nearly nothing of what they’ve said? You’re not alone, and we’ve all had to deal with the same thing.

Today we’ll give you a few words or phrases that you’ll definitely run into from time to time when texting your Korean friends, as well as a couple of tips for how to understand things you’ve never run into before.

Let’s start with some of the Korean texting short hand that you’ll run into on a daily basis, and make you look more native as well. The biggest tip I can give when trying to read Korean text messages, if you don’t understand the word by itself, is to read the message out loud. You’ll very often find that a lot of Korean texting slang is in fact a word that you do know, just written faster or shorter to speed up texting.


The FBI customer support sucks!

Before applying to teach ESL in South Korea, whenever I thought of the FBI (which was not often) I would free associate it with things like American’s Most Wanted, bad-ass secret agents and secret agentesses, and possibly cocaine-sniffing German Sheps. As an American, I guess I felt a certain amount of confidence in our Federal Bureau of Investigation. I thought it was pretty powerful. And pretty cool.

BUT THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED…

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Expat, Immigrant, or None of the Above?

The question of who is an “expat” and who is an “immigrant” and how those terms relate to privilege has received some attention lately. This piece is my take on how those seemingly clear-cut lines get blurred a bit here in Korea.

For those of you living overseas, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Enjoy!

Expat, Immigrant, or None of the Above?



On being a totally unqualified private ESL tutor

This past winter, I quit the fifth and last job I would have in 2014. It was a waitress gig at the local contemporary American restaurant. My boss was a bipolar alcoholic. That, combined with his penchant for playfully slapping my ass was enough for me to say good bye and fuck you very much to the restaurant industry.

Here’s a clip of my boss asking me if I wanted to see his cock (yump, I sneakily voice-memoed at work sometimes):

 


Would You Rather?


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